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Protecting What's His

(Line of Duty #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  19,726 ratings  ·  1,607 reviews
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Doll
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published February 23rd 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
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chan ☆
Jan 18, 2022 rated it it was ok
this book is really reflective of the state of romance between 2012 and 2015 and i’m not into it. extremely alpha, semi dom, not respectful of autonomy dudes idk. gives me the ick. and like don’t get me wrong i like alphas from time to time. but this book was 50 shades but a cop not a millionaire.

the only good thing i got from this was the realization that authors really can get much better the more they write.
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Yummy Cop stars


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“I’ve got an hour before I need to be back at the station. I’ll have fucked you three different ways by then.”

OMFG!!!! This book was Awesome!! Let me let you in on a little secret about me. I have a serious fetish for men in uniforms, Cops, Firefighters, Military men, Correctional Officers you name it . So to say this book was right up my alley is a understatement. My God this book had it all. It was a yummy trifecta.... Sexy cop, Dirty talk, and possessive alpha m
Lady Heather

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Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I finished!

The story of a 23-year-old Ginger who has been raising her 17-year-old sister for a very long time because her mother is a prostitute and drug addict, and has literally abandoned them. When her mother comes home one night and passes out wit
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

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This was my first Tessa Bailey book. it was a short, steamy and entertaining read. I listened to it on audio and let me tell you, having Lieutenant Derek Tyler talk dirty to you is not a bad way to spend your time in the car or doing laundry ;)

This was a quick one to listen too. It kept me engrossed the entire time. I loved both main characters. Ginger and her saucy attitude, how she could be so feisty, but also had a sweet and caring side that came out around her little sister. And
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****

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At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this story.
I felt as though there was no build up to the relationship between Ginger and Derek. He just instantly seemed to become overtly sexual and DOMINANT with Ginger after having only just met her. Ginger and her little sister move into Derek's apartment building and as soon as they cross paths, there is an instant attraction. Oh and did I mention, Derek is a sexy as hell police detective???!!!!

So here I was about 40% into t
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This review will pretty much be "meh" because that's what I felt about this book.

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For some reason, the thing that usually works for me didn't work this time, and I'm really sorry cause I was looking for an outrageous guy with outrageous statements that would blow my mind.

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Maybe it's because I've already SEEN all the outrageous lines from this book in status updates when the book was all the rage??
I don't know. But for me, they only left me rolling my eyes and at some points laughing at the stuff
Georgia ♥
4 Awesomely Dirty-minded and Filthy mouth Stars


“Listen to me, baby. From the time we walk in the door to my apartment, you will have less than a minute before I put my cock inside you. No foreplay. No kissing. There won’t be any time, because you’ve got me strung so damn tight I can barely think straight. I need you to keep yourself wet for me on the ride home. Starting now.”

Holy hotness.... Derek Tyler.


The 30-year old Lieutenant, is living his life unaware, doing his job.

A man who wore a
The Burning Rose (Jess)
3/5 stars.
Ginger runs away from her home with her sister and fifty thousand dollars. She moves to Chicago and tries to start a new life, which is clean from her and her sister's past. The problem is that her neighbor is a police officer. Nice book, nothing more.
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

Solid 4.5 Star Rating❦

My Derek

Good god was Derek hot!!! His dirty mouth, his bossy ways and the fact that he carries a gun and badge... oooh ye!!!

I can not picture Ginger... but the both of them together is below... hot, raw and totally kinky.


I'm going to make love to you. Slowly. Hell, it might take me until tomorrow. I'm going to lose count of how many times you come. And every time you do, I'm going to tell you that I love you. Until you fucking get used to it.

• Lisa •
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brazen-addict


I've had this book on my 'to be read' shelf for so long it had started to collect dust, so with my recent Brazen book binge still keeping me entertained I knew this book needed to hit my next up list. 'Protecting what's his' delivers exactly what it's title suggests and once again I find myself smiling at my book choice. This range of books never fails to deliver for my particular reading taste and if I'm becoming predictable with my five star ratings then so be it, I love sw
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Nov 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Protecting What’s His is book one in the Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey. I am ashamed to say that this is my first Tessa Bailey book! I have a BUNCH of her books on my TBR list but never have gotten to them. I won this paperback a couple of years back and I am in love!!!

Ginger Peet is twenty three years old. We meet her when she is living in Nashville. Her mother is pretty much a waste of space, only interested in alcohol and drugs. But Ginger has a seventeen year old sister that depends o
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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What is wrong with me??!! This has got to be one of my favorite authors, and I’ve only read one of her books! I LOVE dialogue. I LOVE dirty talk. I LOVE sassy, strong women. I LOVE sweet alpha males. It’s like someone wrapped up the perfect package (pun intended) and gave it to me for my birthday!

Tessa Bailey can write a freaking book!

Derek – sexy, dirty-talkin’ cop….Need I say more? Ok, I will say more. He is also a sweetie pie. I l
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one. Starting off, thought to myself I hate the name Derek but by the end of it I LOVED Derek. Ginger was a great heroine, protective sister, fearful of becoming her mother and afraid to fall in love and rely on anyone. She had been taking care of herself and her sister for a long time and was very independent. But she was knocked for six when she met the Lieutenant. Smokin hot love scenes, some funny moments. Would definitely recommend it. It was fast paced also so very easy t ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I really enjoyed this story, and while it's not perfect, it's damned close. It's sexy, witty, and romantic in a "don't make me spank your ass" kind of way, and I love me a man with a hand that he's not afraid to use. I'm all about hot, alpha heroes, and Derek is definitely that. Ginger is an all right heroine, but Derek, and Ginger's kid sister, Willa, steal the show.

I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
I love finding an amazing book by pure chance. I particularly love when in doing so, I discover an new and amazing author.

What did I love about this book?

I mean my goodness! It had it all: humor, amazing characters, sexual tension so hot I thought my kindle would catch on fire, super steamy scenes, and some of the best dirty talk I've read in a damn long while! So please excuse me a moment while I take a moment to myself

I can't find enough good things to say about Protecting What's His. It has b
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Damn.. this book was so good!! Its not very long so I ate it up quick.. but it sure did back a lot of heat into it. Check my updates out.... I can't wait to see what Tessa Bailey puts out next.. she is on my BUY NOW ASK QUESTIONS LATER list for sure.. that woman can write some seriously sexy scenes.. but she was able to really create a believable connection between Ginger and Derek too.. This book just flew by, had no angst, just the right amount of drama, totally hot cop, s
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

“The longer it takes me to get between your thighs, the rougher I'm going to be when I finally get there. Understand?”

“Who’s fucking you, Ginger?”
She knew what he wanted to hear. Throwing her head back, she reveled in every word. “My man. My man is fucking me.”

“I’ve got an hour before I need to be back at the station. I’ll have fucked you three different ways by then.”

“Listen to me, baby. From the time we walk in the door to my apartment, you will have less than a minute be
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Derek is a Lieutenant for the Chicago Police Department and he is all about being a strong, upstanding man who's in control...or is he? Lucky for us, he has a bad boy side and OMG he loves to talk dirty and he wastes no time getting down to business.

Ginger thinks she can handle herself. Heck, she's been taking care of herself and her sister since she can remember. She's manage not only to survive but thrive in the worse conditions so Mr. Goodie Two Shoes is no problem...or so she thinks!

This b
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
"If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one."

Meet Derek...oooh laaa laaa

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"Let me be clear, Ginger, since you insist on talking in circles. I want you underneath me in my bed. I want to buried inside you so deep that I have to remind you of you own name. And I want those motherfuckers leering at you from the other side of the bar to smell me on you for a week afterward. I just wanted to be up front."

And Ginger...
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"Are you looking for something
She's running from the law, and the law wants her bad

I brought this book by mistake and decided "what the hell. The title and cover already make me swoon, why should i return it?"
So, like, 2 months later i finally gave it a go.



I only wished i would have read it sooner because i think this is the best erotica/NA i have read so far! ( much to my complete surprise).

67359 damn good stuff sir gif E2q T

Meet Ginger

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Giner has stole a lot of money from her mother to run away with her younger sister a
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4.25 Scorching stars ♥♥♥

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"Give me a chance, beautiful girl."

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This was my first Tessa Bailey book and it for sure won't be the last. I loved this book. It was all kinds of hot with an interesting plot. Really enjoyed this one and was glad I got to buddy read this one with Jen.

Right off the bat, I liked the book. Ginger is a 23 year old that is trying to better her life for herself and her
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Protecting What's His

I'll start off by shouting from the roof stop, " I LOOOOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!"

In this book we get a strong, possessive, gruff, alpha male. As soon as we met him I knew-
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We also meet the lovely Ginger. Who is strong yet vulnerable. She saw a way out for her and her sister and took it.
Love a strong MC. As soon as we met her I thought, "oh yeah, I like her-
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This girl is going to be a riot."

As soon as the two meet - I was equal parts:
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And equal parts aroused.
Actual Rating 2.5 stars

It's an OK book, it is just too simple. No wow factor, nothing special or worth remembering.

Story-wise it was lacking, there wasn't much there and the romance needed more development.

The conflict resolution felt rush, and was extremely cliche, predictable and bland.

I have to say that I did like that Derek was the domineering kind, I have always liked the type. ;)
Jun 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1 out of 5.

I had serious issues with this book.

I didn’t like Derek’s attitude. A day or two after meeting his new neighbour, he stakes out the place of her employment the first day, and the second day, he sends his colleagues over to the bar that she works at.

Does anyone else see a problem with that?

It’s not hot or sexy. It’s just not cool.

I have read books where guys cross the line. But the books that I like are those in which the author addresses the issue, they don’t make it sound li
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy-hawt, 4, alpha
4.5 stars
”The longer it takes me to get between your thighs, the rougher I’m going to be when I finally get in there. Understand?”

Love Love Love an alpha male with a dirty mouth and Derek did not disappoint!

Twenty three year old Ginger has been taking care of her sister since she was ten years old, she finds an opportunity to steal her good-for-nothin-skank mom’s money (which she probably earned while turning tricks) and give seventeen year old Willow a better life by leaving Nashvil
Isabella. R
4 Runaway Stars ⭐️

“To steal or not to steal, that was the question?” Could you resist the temptation if you were presented an opportunity of a load of money? Your ticket out of shitsville for you and your younger sibling....

Ginger Peet has skipped town with her younger sister Willa in tow. Starting anew in Chicago they meet Lieutenant Derek Tyler who happens to be their neighbour. As first meetings go, theirs was hate at first sight with a twist of lust.
With neither Ginger or Derek being able t
Jun 20, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022-reads
I came for the dirty talk and stayed for the smutty parts.

Don’t judge me 👀

Also, if there are any innocent sweet souls out there, please, if you meet an asshole twice, and by then he threatens to get you in my bed screaming his name, run the other way. But in a book? 🫠 yeah… still don’t judge me.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Dirty Talking, Possessive, Alpha to the 10th Degree Stars (Updated Rating) It seems that over the years, I love this book.
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Spoiler Free
September 16, 2013

Lisa Jayne, Jahy, Lkay and many more all brought this to my attention on my updates. A big Thank you, Gals :D
The Blurb:
She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad. The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was seriously sizzling.

I am probably not going to be able to do it justice, but I am seriously going to try because I think this could be one of those books that people pass by and I beg you, don't! Read it!

Ginger Peet is our main female character and what a lady.She is 23 and because of a drugged up, prostitute mother she has been taking care of her younger sister, Willa, her whole life.

They finally get the courage up to leave when they find $50,000 dollars belonging to there mothers
For starters I would like to thank Meli Mel for Buddy Reading my first Tessa Bailey book with me! I enjoyed it Mel (even if I was a slow poke!!)

This is the first book in what promises to be a very sexy, action packed romance series. There are already at least three more booksi in this series that are already written, and after reading "Protecting What's His," I will most definitely be checking them out!
The first installment begins with two sisters who leave Nashville to get away from a mother w
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